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High-roller’s lawyers try to dismiss casino debt case

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STEVE MARCUS / LAS VEGAS SUN file

Terrance K. Watanabe, right, claims to have lost $112 million at Harrah’s casinos in 2007. He alleges the company encouraged him to gamble while intoxicated.

Updated Friday, June 11, 2010 | 8:57 p.m.

Lawyers for a high-rolling Nebraska gambler are seeking to dismiss criminal charges in Las Vegas stemming from nearly $15 million in gambling debts, saying the district attorney has a conflict of interest and has acknowledged the gambler didn't intend to defraud the casinos.

Lawyers for 53-year-old Terrance "Terry" Watanabe filed two motions late Friday in Clark County District Court.

One says Watanabe didn't intend to defraud Harrah's Entertainment Inc. because he had sufficient funds to cover the 38 casino markers he took out. Another says the district attorney's office has a conflict of interest in the case because it stands to make a fee for recovering the money.

Watanabe has pleaded not guilty to theft and bad check charges.

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